by Lauren

in the news: stella for target launches

October 29, 2010 in fashion, news by Lauren

Well, ladies – it’s here! The new Stella McCartney for Target range launched today and down at the Brisbane CBD store, it was the usual madness one expects from a limited edition diffusion line release.

I tried on several pieces from the collection but ended up taking home only one piece – the off-white ribbon tie dress ($149 – photo right). I actually didn’t pay this one much attention when I was looking online but when I saw it in person, it was too gorgeous not to buy!

I’ve also got my eye on the off-white tulip shaped trench but at $249, I just can’t quite justify it right now. I’ll consider further over the weekend because unlike many of the other pieces, there are plenty of trenches left in store.

I found the fit across the range to be true to size (my usual Australian size 8 fit me right) but many of the styles were far too hippy for my slightly straighter shape. I had no joy with the pants or skirts, though the dresses and tops fit nicely.

Many stores received a second drop of clothes at lunchtime today and apparently there will be another before stores open tomorrow so if you’re lusting for a piece that was sold out today, don’t give up!

Check out the full range of clothing and accessories on the Designers for Target website.

by Lauren

halloween is almost here…

October 28, 2010 in fashion by Lauren

Halloween is this weekend but if you haven’t started planning your costume yet, fear not – the internet is hear to save you!

FashionFoodFatale gives some spooky inspired pieces that could be worked back into your regular wardrobe (they also point out these cute ghost meringues – scroll down for English). In a similar vein, Modcloth also suggests some bewitching pieces that are edgy enough for your Halloween party but sane enough to also work in everyday life.

Madison suggests some ideas with key costume components including Julia Gillard (red wig and white pantsuit), Betty Draper (full skirt and pearls) or Sookie Stackhouse (tight white tee and short black shorts). Although the Wall Street Journal advises against going as Snooki from the Jersey Shore – because apparently that’s what everyone else is wearing this year!

Even Bongo – my mail forwarding company from the US – has suggested some fairly elaborate ideas including Neytiri from Avatar and Lady Gaga. Both costumes look incredibly impressive, but would require some serious self confidence to carry off.

However my personal favourite is Etsy’s suggestion – go as one of the Golden Girls. They even provide links to suggested costume items that you can buy straight from the site. I might just grab my girlfriends and use this idea – as long as I get to be Blanche!

PS One for the geeks – how cute are these “mac-o-lanterns” (above right).

by Lauren

in the news: potter vs mcqueen

October 27, 2010 in fashion, news by Lauren

It’s every little girls’ dream – Harry Potter, a wedding and a beautiful Alexander McQueen gown.

Ok, I’ll admit not many little girls know of Alexander McQueen but apparently that’s not an issue because according to costume designer Jany Temime, the dress worn by Fleur Delacour (Clémence Poésy) for her wedding to Bill Weasley in the soon-to-be-released seventh Potter film is the costume designer’s own creation (above left).

Temime told the LA Times, “for the wedding dress, I wanted it to be a witch wedding dress but not a Halloween dress. The dress is white but it needed to have something fantastic to it. So there is the phoenix [motif], the bird, which is a symbol of love in a way because there is rebirth, love never dies, it is born again. So we have that in front of the dress to give a feeling of eternal love. It was the symbol of Dumbledore, too, but it is the symbol of love for the dress.”

I guess it’s a coincidence then that Fleur’s wedding dress looks an awful lot like Alexander McQueen’s peacock adorned dress from his Fall 2008 collection (above right).

If I were Hermione, I’d be reading up on how to perform the Obliviate spell.

Check out Lela London for more pics.

by Lauren

at the movies: the social network

October 26, 2010 in movies by Lauren

Last night, the boy and I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of one of this year’s most hotly anticipated films.

The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook. We’ve all heard the near-mythical tale of the young Harvard geek who created the exclusive social networking site, The Facebook, but was sued by classmates who claimed he stole their idea.

I don’t know how true to life the story actually is – I get the impression that, like A Beautiful Mind, the creators have taken some rather dramatic artistic license. (Just to clarify, I don’t mean to compare real Mark Zuckerberg and real John Forbes Nash Jr.)

Regardless, the movie version of events is incredibly entertaining. I was surprised that the two hour movie actually held my attention the entire time (this is a movie about computer geeks after all) but Aaron Sorkin’s script is as fast-paced and witty as his The West Wing storylines.

Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic in the lead role, portraying Zuckerberg as I’d always imagined (but again, not necessarily as he actually is in reality). Strong support from Andrew Garfield as co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timerlake as Napster-founder Sean Parker, and Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins help make this the engrossing film it is.

I found it incredibly enjoyable and would recommend that all Gen-Ys (and even many non Gen-Y readers) check out this film – as long as you can deal with the fact that it’s probably not quite true to reality!

The Social Network is in Australian cinemas on Thursday.

Rating: ****

by Lauren

lusting for: a winter’s night

October 25, 2010 in fashion by Lauren

It’s hard to believe but it’s now officially only two months until Christmas. The year has truly flown by and now those of us in the southern hemisphere are starting to heat up while our friends in the north are starting to feel rather chilly indeed.

The best part about the looming festivities is that we have a great excuse to start planning our party outfits. Anjali at Goldenmeans had a great post a couple of weeks ago featuring some fabulous festive outfits (and she’s also currently running an Anthro gift card giveaway to celebrate her two year blog birthday) so make sure you check it out.

Personally, I’m lusting for Anthropologie’s A Winter Night Skirt, with its beautiful blue ribbon and sparkles sewn onto a black tulle overlay. The name may not be appropriate for an Australian festive season but I’m sure the skirt itself would get plenty of wear. Bring on the holidays!

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